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Lamb Chops with Pomegranate-Pistachio Couscous

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Now that antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice is readily available at supermarkets (look for P.O.M brand), Annie Wayte likes to use it in a sauce for juicy lamb chops. For more pomegranate flavor, she serves the chops with a couscous salad spiked with the ruby-red seeds.

  1. 1 cup cilantro leaves
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  7. 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  8. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  9. Four 7-ounce lamb loin chops, 1 1/4 inches thick, trimmed of excess fat
  10. 1 1/2 cups water
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  12. 1 cup couscous
  13. 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  14. 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios
  15. 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  16. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a blender or food processor, combine the cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne and lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and process to a paste. Spread all but 1 tablespoon of the seasoning paste over the lamb chops and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir in the couscous, cover and remove from the heat; let stand until all the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Transfer the couscous to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Stir in the mint, pistachios, half of the pomegranate seeds and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest. Cover and keep warm.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium ovenproof skillet. Scrape off the seasoning paste on the lamb chops. Add the chops to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 6 minutes for medium-rare meat. Transfer the lamb to a plate and pour off the fat in the skillet.
  4. Set the skillet over moderate heat and add the pomegranate juice and the reserved 1 tablespoon of the seasoning paste. Cook, scraping up any bits stuck to the pan. Simmer over moderate heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 2 minutes.
  5. Mound the couscous on plates and top with the lamb chops. Spoon the sauce on the meat, sprinkle with the remaining pomegranate seeds and serve.
Notes One Serving 485 cal, 18 gm total fat, 4.8 gm saturated fat, 44 gm carb, 4 gm fiber.

Suggested Pairing

Powerful, rich red blend.



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